(Elizabeth City, NC) Benjamin Filene, PhD will present “Lead Belly, The Lomaxes, and the Construction of America’s Musical Heritage” at the Museum of the Albemarle, Thursday July 22 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Dr. Filene is Associate Professor and Director of Public History at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Dr. Filene’s lecture will explore how today, African American music is exalted as fundamental to American culture, the roots of rock and roll and America’s premier cultural export. The lecture explores the discovery of Huddle “Lead Belly” Ledbetter by the father and son team of John and Alex Lomax, and their surprise musical finds in the prisons of America.
This event is funded by the North Carolina Humanities Council and is presented as a part of the Museum’s exhibit: New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music. For more information, call 252-335-1453.
New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music is part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), state humanities councils across the nation, and local host institutions. To learn more about New Harmonies and other Museum on Main Street exhibitions, visit www.museumonmainstreet.org.
Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.
SITES connects millions of Americans with their shared cultural heritage through a wide range of art, science and history exhibitions. State humanities councils, located in each state and U.S. territory, support community-based humanities programs that highlight such topics as local history, literature and cultural traditions. To learn more, visit www.sites.si.edu.
The Museum of the Albemarle is located at 501 South Water Street, Elizabeth City, NC. (252) 335-1453. Find us on Facebook! Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sunday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Closed Mondays and State Holidays. Serving Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell and Washington counties, the museum is the northeast regional history museum of the North Carolina Division of State History Museums within the NC. Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Information is available 24/7 at www.ncculture.com